Jordan Henderson reacts to emotional video featuring father Brian talking Sunderland and Liverpool
Liverpool have shared an emotional video commemorating Jordan Henderson’s decade-long stint at Anfield.
The midfielder rose through the youth ranks at his boyhood club Sunderland before moving to Liverpool for £20million in the summer of 2011.
Since then, the England international has won the League Cup, Champions League, European Super Cup, Club World Cup, and Premier League during a glittering 10 years in Merseyside.
To celebrate their captain’s milestone, Liverpool released a video of Henderson's father Brian, who pays tribute to his son and speaks of his early days at Sunderland.
"There’s nothing better, if you have a little boy, to watch him play football,” Brian said. “These are the best times of your life.
“He was a lovely kid, he was never any trouble, the only thing he ever wanted to do – to be honest – was to play football.
"The first time I ever took Jordan to the Stadium of Light he was seven or eight. Jordan absolutely loved it of course. Screaming the whole game, wasn’t he?
"Sunderland was a good grounding for him. He just excelled. It was the love of the game that he had. When he was 16, he got his first apprenticeship.”
He concluded: "I just wish my dad had been alive to see him play in the first team. My mam did. My mam saw him once before she passed away at the Stadium of Light.”
The piece also includes emotional moments between the pair after Brian was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2013.
While receiving treatment, Henderson's father asked his son not to see him, but the pair shared an emotional moment when Liverpool won the Champions League in 2019.
Henderson said on LinkedIn: “Who let my old man in front of the camera!? 😂 10 years at this football club has made me who I am today but I’d be nothing without the love and support of my family. #YNWA ❤️”
Indeed, Sunderland fans were also quick to react to the video, which heavily features Henderson’s time on Wearside.
On Twitter, @laurennnhxx said: “You can take the boy from Sunderland, but you can never take Sunderland from the boy. One of our own.”
And @Jamie_Wright4 stated: “What a role model for young people in Sunderland and beyond - dedication, sacrifice, selflessness - superb!”